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They Looked Away (Documentary)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Documentary: B-



As a companion piece to Holocaust documentaries Genocide and Liberation, Koch has issued a more recent (2003) work about why during the endless bombing campaigns by the Allies of World War II, why were the Nazi Death Camps not bombed?  The answer lies in part in the title of this piece: They Looked Away.


Although this is more of a speculation piece than the others, the fact is that those camps should have been bombed ASAP, for endless reasons beginning with saving the lives of the prisoners.  The program never considers that the more non-stop killing they got away with, the more it fueled their mania to fight the Allies and destroy all that would not surrender.  However, the investigative nature of the Stuart G. Erdheim-directed work is narrated by Mike Wallace and asks long-overdue questions. 


The full frame 1.33 X 1 image is not bad for a recent production and like many documentaries, has varying image quality when the newly shot interviews are combined with much archival footage.  I will add that the documentation shown is of particular interest with historians.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo sound is more like simple stereo at best, which is adequate for this program and oddly offers hardly any surrounds.  The 5.1 just spreads out the sound better.  The only extras are trailers for the aforementioned titles and the same featurette on The Simon Wiesenthal Organization as those titles.  An interesting nearly hour-long piece worth your time, They Looked Away has some moments you may not have seen, despite the proliferation of Holocaust material on the market.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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